October 8 - December 5
Lane Cooper’s paintings have the makings of a fever dream sparked by too many hours of screen time. In her ongoing series, “Dream House” and “Strong Female Lead”, familiar images of 20th Century film and television are fragmented by multiple layers of color and line. The visages are recognizable but interrupted by what could be digital glitches - an effect offset by the physical qualities of the work – or a gap between a public image and a crackling interior life. Cooper herself has said the works seek to evoke a vague space between wakefulness and dreaming.
The artist is currently head of painting at the Cleveland Institute of Art. She holds an MFA in Painting and an MA in Contemporary Art History from the University of Alabama. Her works have appeared in exhibitions across the Southern US, in Canada, Europe, and New York
Exquisitely crafted sculptural glass by British-born artist Theo Brooks, a 2021 MFA graduate from Bowling Green State University, is inspired by deep research into the use and creation of artifacts found in Cyprus from around 2000BC. Brooks delves into his personal Cypriot cultural identity by reimagining and reinventing faux ritual objects. “The reinvented objects allow me to discover a part of my heritage that I have been removed from, whilst going back even further into these ancient practices to unknown and mysterious 'spaces'. The reinvention of some of these objects reflect a culture gone and remembered through the objects they made. Visual clues and associations to ritual in the work allows one to believe they could be objects of ‘contemporary antiquity’ and ceremonially used by an unknown past or future culture.”